Health Of Zimbabwean Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai Conitnues To Deteriorate

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JOHANNESBURG -- The health of Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who is receiving medical care at a hospital in Johannnesburg, has deteriorated, according to sources within the political party he leads, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

The former Zimbabwean prime minister is reported to be critically ill. He is suffering from colon cancer.

The 65 year-old has been in and out of hospital and returned to South Africa in early January for medical care.

Tsvangirai’s illness has divided the MDC, a number of party officials are racing to succeed the former trade union activist, raising concerns about the party’s political future and its chances of unseating the ruling Zanu-PF party in presidential elections expected within six months.

In 2017, Tsvangirai hailed the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe, expressing hope that Zimbabwe was on a new trajectory which would include free and fair elections.

He said Mugabe, who was forced to quit after ruling the country for 37 years, should be allowed to go and rest during his last days.

Tsvangirai also expressed hope for a new Zimbabwe after meeting President Emmerson Mnangagwa who succeeded Mugabe after a military coup.